A human rights lawyer, Malcolm Emokiniovo Omirhobo, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to court for refusing to licence and grant him and other Nigerians permission to bear AK-47 assault rifles to defend themselves against any attack by terrorists and bandits.
Omirhobo filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1078/2021 on Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The lawyer is seeking an order compelling Buhari and relevant licensing authorities to grant him and all Nigerians permission and licences to bear arms for self-defence against attacks by bandits.
He contends that AK-47 rifles should not only be restricted to members of the Armed Forces.
According to him, Nigerian citizens should also be allowed to bear the weapon for proportionality of force.
The plaintiff argued that the Firearms Act violated the fundamental rights of Nigerians to life, to own properties, to movement, and right to family and personal life.
He stated: “That the Nigerian Constitution gives every Nigerian the right to defend their fundamental rights listed above from unlawful violence.
”That the insecurity in Nigeria is heightened with well-armed criminal elements who are daily invading Nigeria from other African countries, more particularly West African countries such as Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon.
“If I attack you with a stick, you have a right to defend with a stick. If I attack you a cutlass, you have a right to defend with a cutlass. If I attack you with AK-47, it will foolish for you to defend yourself with a Dane gun,” he added.
Other defendants in the suit are the 36 state governors and their Attorney Generals.